In the first quarter of L.A.’s Friday night win in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant sprained his right pinky finger while trying to catch a pass. Postgame X-ray’s on the finger were negative, and Bryant is not expected to miss any time. A “sprain” to Bryant is really like a “runny nose.”
Bryant, who said his finger was numb for about 20 minutes, finished the game making 3-of-11 shots for a season-low nine points, though his focus was not on scoring the basketball. He added four assists and four boards with three turnovers while having trouble dribbling the ball with his right hand.
At Saturday’s practice in Toronto, Bryant suggested that there’s no way a sore pinky is going to keep him out of a game, laughing at the mere suggestion.